Air France-KLM said on Monday it would add an additional fee of up to 12 euros ($13.50) to its tickets in a bid to offset the cost of using more expensive sustainable aviation fuel.
Air France said a fuel tax will be added to tickets from January 10.
In a letter to its customers, it added that travelers in economy class will pay between one and four euros more, while travelers in business class will pay between 1.5 and 12 euros, depending on the distance to their destination.
Dutch company KLM, the Dutch partner of Air France and low-cost carrier Transavia, has announced that it will also apply the surcharge to flights departing from France and the Netherlands, the company announced, adding that it is replacing between 0.5 percent and one percent of the kerosene it uses with the sustainable alternative.
Sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, is primarily made from used cooking oil or from forestry or agricultural waste.
It allows airlines to reduce their carbon emissions by 75 percent compared to kerosene over the life cycle of the fuel.
Jet fuel currently accounts for 20-30 percent of airlines’ costs.
Acquisition of SAF, which is four to eight times more expensive, has been slow.
Current production levels are well below what is required to operate the world’s fleet of aircraft.
In 2019, sustainable fuels accounted for less than 0.1 percent of the 360 billion liters of fuel used in the aviation industry.
Air France said it was confident that the cost of the SAF would come down as more European countries began mass-producing them.
On Thursday, the airline will begin offering travelers wanting to reduce their flight’s carbon footprint an opportunity to donate to purchase additional sustainable fuel.
Air France has pledged that every euro donated will be invested in the Sudanese Armed Forces.
Air traffic accounts for between 2.5 and 3% of global carbon emissions. The industry aims to become carbon neutral by 2050, whether by investing in aircraft that use less kerosene or using cleaner fuels.
Under a new law that took effect in France on January 1, airlines that refuel in the country are required to use at least one percent of sustainable fuels in their fuel mix – a proportion set to increase to 2 percent in 2025 and five percent in 2030.
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